Monday, March 19, 2001,
Chandigarh, India
C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


PGI doctors decry police action
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
To protest against ongoing investigations by the police into the alleged negligence of two PGI doctors in the treatment of Mohinder Kaur , who died in the institute on March 11 following a bleeding aneurysm, the Faculty Association of the PGI Doctors, is holding a general body meeting tomorrow.

According to the association president, Prof S.M. Bose, the faculty members have taken a serious note of the involvement of police in a case which he says is otherwise an internal hospital matter.

‘‘PGI is an autonomous body and any action has to taken by its director, Prof S.K. Sharma, or the president of institute, Union Health Minister, Dr C.P. Thakur,” says Prof Bose. According to him, the director has appointed a competent neurophysician and an administrator, Prof J.S. Chawla, former Director-Principal, GMCH, Sector 32, to look into the matter. ‘‘The UT authorities should withdraw its orders as involvement of the police has sent a sense of insecurity in the faculty that a FIR can be lodged against anybody,’’ he added

Professor Bose said the sequence of events was not clear. After all, it is not a cold-blooded murder or theft that requires a police inquiry . he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Navdeep Singh Khaira, Head, Department of Nephrology, DMC, Ludhiana and son-in-law of the deceased Mohinder Kaur , in a written statement to the PGI Director, Prof S.K. Sharma, asserted that the issue certainly required an investigation by the police. ‘‘ How can we expect a fair inquiry by the PGI when the two doctors have not even be suspended till now, ’’ he asked.

‘‘Moreover,’’ he added ,‘‘ it is certainly not that this is the first case against the PGI. A police inquiry, into negligence by some doctors was held in 1993. Following this, arrest warrants were also issued and the concerned doctors had to get bail. Similarly, an ex-PGI doctor and another one from Delhi have also been arrested without prior medical inquiry. They had to stay in jail for weeks before they finally got bail. No representative body of the PGI or any senior official even raised a murmur of protest, ’’ he added.

Dr Khaira further pointed out that in the case of his mother-in-law, he was made to request, plead and beg for something which was his right. Saying that police is not empowered to investigate this issue amounts to misleading the public. PGI may be an autonomous body, but is it not answerable to the public,’’ questioned Dr Khaira.

Many doctors of the institute admitted that the matter did require a through investigation.


Haemophillics need care
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Timely medical aid and care can control and manage haemophilia, said Dr Shivinder Singh Gill, additional professor, Department of Orthopaedics, speaking at the second open clinic for haemophillics organised by the Haemophillic Welfare Society, here today. According to Dr Gill, orthopaedic problems occur in various ways. When a healthy person receives an injury, a clot consisting of fibrin and other particles forms a plug and cements itself to the opening in the blood vessel, stopping the flow of blood.

According to the specialists, fibrin is produced through a series of chemical reactions. A heamophillic’s blood contains insufficient amounts of specific chemicals to trigger the first link in the chain reaction. When left untreated, severe haemophillics suffer from crippling arthritis in one or more joints by early adolescence, which later worsens further. Dr Gill said with the help of laser surgery, correction of deformity, maintenance, improving motion and subsequent strengthening of muscles is now possible .

Speaking on the occasion, Dr J.G. Jolly, chairman of the Haemophillic Welfare Society and emeritus professor, PGI, stressed on the need to open special clinics exclusively for haemophillic patients in PGI and GMCH, Sector 32, on the pattern of thallassaemic patients. This is keeping in view the nature and degree of seriousness of haemophillic disease in order to save the lives of the patients suffering from the congenital disorder. Dr Jolly further added that in addition to the physical problems, these patients also face psychological stress, which the parents must learn how to deal with.

Dr Maghar Singh, finance secretary of the society, highlighted the achievements and activities during 2000-2001. As many as 270 patients from different parts of northern India were checked by the team of doctors, besides being vaccinated against hepatitis -B.


Academy of Medical Specialities opened
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
The Chandigarh Chapter of the Academy of Specialities of the IMA was inaugurated by Dr S.L. Verma, National Chairman of the Academy, on Saturday night at a function held at the Dr P.N. Chuttani IMA Complex, Sector 35-B, here. In his inaugural address he expressed his happiness at the formation of the chapter.

Dr A.K. Attri, Zonal Vice-Chairman (North), highlighted the various activities being undertaken by the academy.

These included certificate courses of various specialities, organising academic conferences and awarding fellowships to deserving candidates.

Dr G.S. Kochhar and Dr Neeraj Kumar, President and Honorary Secretary, respectively, of Chandigarh State, said this newly formed chapter would hold a North Zone Conference this year.

On this occasion a CME on “Infection Control in Medical Practice” was also organised. Prof S.M. Bose, Dr Pallab Roy, Dr Ajay Wanchoo, Dr G.R. Verma and Dr Pradeep Bhambery spoke on the various aspects of the topic.

The function was also graced by Dr R.L. Garg, Chairman, AMS, Haryana State and Dr G.S. Jaspal, State President, IMA, Haryana.


Gurinder is man of tournament
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 18
A scintillating performance by Sukhvinder Tinku, who scored 37 runs, helped by Arun Tuli, who scored unbeaten 23 runs, thus enabled the Chandigarh Sports Club in overpowering the Khalsa Sports Club by seven wickets to lift the Ist Panchkula Trophy Cash Prize Cricket Tournament played at the Sector 5 grounds, Panchkula. The meet which evoked tremendous response, as many Ranji players took part, was organised by the Sports Promoters Club.

Raman Arora, secretary of the club, said next time more teams from the region would be invited to take part. Mr I.D. Kamboj, a sport lover, gave away prizes, including the cash prize of Rs 5,100 and Rs 3,100 to the winners and runners-up.

Earlier, the Khalsa Club won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bundled out for 105 runs. Sukhwinder Tinku and Arun Tuli claimed two wickets each for 12 and seven runs, respectively. Anil and Gurmeet at 20 and 18 runs, respectively, were the main scorers for the Khalsa Club.

In reply, the Chandigarh club achieved the target by losing only three wickets. Apart from Sukhwinder (37) and Arun (23), M.P. Singh also contributed 19 unbeaten runs. Chandan of the Khalsa club secured two wickets.

The best batsman award was given to Rajeev Nayyar, best fielder to Chandan, best all-rounder to Sukhwinder Tinku, best fielder to Jitender and man of the tournament to Gurinder Saini.

Athletics meet
Sharanjeet Kaur in the women’s section and Susheel in the men’s section were adjudged the best athletes in the 29th Annual Athletic meet of the PGI held today at the PGI’s grounds.

Earlier it was inaugurated by Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, PGI. Four teams took part in various track and field events. The best team award was given to the Association of Resident Doctors.

The events for children and staff were also held, which was followed by a cultural programme. The vote of thanks was given by Dr S.S. Gill, Chairman, Sports, and Dr Krishna Mohan, secretary.

The meet was declared closed by Dr Sharma amidst a spectacular fireworks display.

Cricket tourney
The Cable Network Systems outscored the High Court Cricket Club by eight runs to enter the last eight of the Ist Arjun Dass Memorial Cricket Tournament played here at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 19.

Brief scores: CNS XI—202 runs all out in 24.2 overs (Fred Singh 51, Harinder Singh 46, Vivek Jain 38, Dashmeet 28, Jagjit 3 for 24, Raj Kumar 2 for 29, Devinder Kohli 2 for 42).

High Court Club — 194 all out in 24.5 overs (Manish Joshi 58, Sanjay Mishra 39 n.o., Jagjit Singh 28, Harman Singh 3 for 31, Jugraj 2 for 28, F. Singh 2 for 27).



Hari Narayan is Mr Chandigarh
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, March 18
Hari Narayan won the Mr Chandigarh title in the 12th Mr Chandigarh Body Building Championship which was organised by the Chandigarh Amateur Body Building Association here today at the DAV College auditorium, Sector 10. The overall championship was bagged by Bon Sante, Sector 17. The prize for the best performance for the year 2000-2001 was also given to Hari Narayan.

Results are: below-55 kg — Pradeep 1, Amit 2, Tejinder Singh 3; below-60 kg — Gopal Boru 1, Nishant 2, Ajay Kumar 3; below-65 kg — Rabinder Pal Singh 1, Mohinder Pal Gupta 2, Raghuvir Singh 3. below-70kg — Ranjeet 1, Mandeep Sodhi 2, Rajnish 3. below-75 kg — Hari Narayan 1, Bhupinder Singh 2, Hardeep Singh 3. below-80 kg —Anurag Pandey 1, Prem Choudhary 2, Digvijay 3. below-85 kg — Rajdeep Singh 1, Sachin 2, Yadvinder Singh 3. below-90 kg — Jaswinder Singh 1, Harpreet Singh 2, Ashok 3. above-90 kg — Prithvi Brar 1, Satwinder Singh 2.



Task force to identify food scheme beneficiaries
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, March 18
A task force comprising the SDM (Panchkula and Kalka), City Magistrate and district Block and Development Officer to identify 15 per cent of the poorest below the poverty line was constituted, here today.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Monga, said the task force, with the help of the panchayats in villages and the municipal councils in urban areas, would jointly identify these beneficiaries for the Antyodaya Ann Yojna. After identification, they would be issued pink ration cards to utilise the benefits.

Taking up complaints at the monthly Grievances’ Committee meeting, Mr Monga asked the CID to look into complaints of illegal sale of load enhancement forms by employees of the electricity department and present a report within one week.

He instructed officials concerned to carry out demarcation in gram panchayat Rampur Sudi and remove illegal construction from the area.

Taking serious note of a complaint lodged by Mr Lajpat Sharma of misbehaviour and negligent driving by a driver of the Haryana Roadways which had resulted in injury to a fellow colleague, Mr Monga asked Haryana Roadways officials to take suitable action against the erring drivers.

Other demands put before the committee included those of construction of a bridge and recarpeting a part of the road in Navan Nagar, construction of a metalled road in Gohra and phirni in Bhagwanpur.

Out of 15 complaints received, 12 were disposed of on the spot. Besides these, Mr Monga attended to individual complaints as well and instructed officials to take action. He stressed the need of creating awareness on polio and giving publicity to exercise of administration of polio drops to children below the age of five years in the wake of a polio case coming to light in Chandigarh.

At the meeting, he reviewed the various ongoing schemes in the district which included the Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojna, 20-point programme and small saving schemes among others. 


Allotment slips: FIR soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 18
Criminal cases are likely to be against unspecified number of Estate Office employees, who allegedly connived with certain persons to sell off government land in Mauli Jagran village on the basis of fake allotment slips.

The vigilance cell of the Chandigarh Administration is likely to register a First Information Report (FIR) within the coming week. A preliminary vigilance enquiry has found that certain employees of the Estate Office may have joined hands with private individuals to sell off government land.

The modus operandi was to use slips issued by the Estate Office to allot plots or flats under controversial rehabilitation schemes. The fake slips have been purportedly signed by the Naib Tehsildar and some even bear a stamp of the Deputy Commissioner. Of course all is fake, said sources while adding that the enquiry was to find out how people learnt if the land belonged to the Administration and was being put to what use.

A total of 92 such slips have been issued while the people who ‘‘purchased’’ the plots have paid premiums up to Rs 50,00 to get a slip which indicates that they have been allotted a plot in Mauli Jagran as part of the rehabilitation colony. The other angle was to study if the slips had actually been smuggled out of the Estate Office were fake.

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